- HR & Talent Management Director
Hometown: Derby, U.K.
Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 25 (as of August 2019)
On a trip to Australia I had the opportunity to meet many Japanese tourists and made many new Japanese friends; this generated a huge interest to know more about Japan, so I decided to come to Tokyo to study the language and learn the culture.
Passion for people! I have a keen interest to learn about different people and this is one of the main reasons I began my career in human resources. As a human resources professional, I have an opportunity to help others learn and grow. Seeing people succeed gives me energy and motivates me in my job!
I’ve experienced many great opportunities in my career. Perhaps my adaptability to work in different roles, different industries and different locations around the world is something I am personally proud of. Successful careers are often based on our ability to adapt to new cultures, different ways of thinking and how quickly we can make adjustments in our behaviors.
My current immediate goals are to help my new organization build a strong employee brand in Japan and the rest of the Asia-Pacfic region. To help Domo Japan employees enjoy their work and learn and grow in their careers. Personally I invest a lot of time into health and well-being, as I believe that the backbone to living a great life is a healthy body and mind.
Advice (not confined to living and working in Japan) would be to decide what you want, based on what are the most important things to you in your life at this moment. For a great career and a happy life, you’ve got to live your values. We are unhappy when we are not aligned to our values and beliefs. Ask yourself, “What do I want to do and why is it important?” Additionally don’t live other people’s values, be true to yourself!